Our world today offers various ways to help insomniacs fall asleep. Usual therapies today include counseling, and medical treatments that induce sleep. Just recently, a good news for insomniacs was announced saying there's now an online therapy that can help the restless fall into a deep, revitalizing rest.
The report published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry says that insomniacs can now acquire a cognitive behavior therapy without needing to talk to a therapist. Studies showed that this online treatment is effective to a large percentage of people who can't or having difficulties sleeping.
The researchers at the University of Virginia, used the online treatment called SHUTi
. In the study, they gathered 303 participants ages 21 to 65. Half of the participants received a "placebo" therapy which included various advice about insomnia, while the other group was subjected to the online therapy.
After a year of conducting answers from questionaires, researchers found out that 57 percent of the participants who received the online therapy got better, while only 27 percent of the other group on placebo did.
“We continued to see improvement from the six-month assessment through the end of the year, even though people had stopped using the program,” said Lee Ritterband, the lead author and a developer of the online therapy. “So, that’s a very good sign.”
Though according to experts, the main key for insomiancs to get well is adherence. Patients should still regularly undergo online therapy despite of getting better to fully overcome insomnia.
"When you stop paying people to be in a study, when they stop getting reminder phone calls, they often stop doing it,” said Dr. John Torous, co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. “It’s like a gym membership that way; people may do it twice and then let it go.”